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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Katharina Ribbeck
  • Director Anton Bogaty
  • Sound Designer Stephen LaRosa
  • Collaborator Jacob S. Witten, Erica S. Frenkel, Wesley Chen, Tahoura S. Samad
  • Narrator Addison Anderson


Additional Resources for you to Explore
The mere thought of mucus might make you cringe, but in reality, it is necessary for your health and protection. Read, “The Truth About Mucus,” for even more information about how essential it really is! Then, take a look at, “Everything You Ever Wondered About Mucus and Phlegm.”

At times are you alarmed by the color of your mucus? Wonder why mucus changes color and what it might mean? Take a look at a lovely infographic on the color of snot! Cleveland Clinic has just what you are looking for right here.

Ever wonder where all that mucus comes from when you have a cold? Visit Discovery News and read this article. Still feel overwhelmed with questions about massive mucus when you get a cold? The BBC provides more insight into the question that you may have been wondering about for years. Read this article: “Where does all the snot come from?” Now, watch this video for a visual answer to this question!

If this is “snot” enough information for you, check out how The Naked Scientist’s weigh in on the topic of mucus with this article,” What Do Snot and Wasabi Have in Common?”

Finally, MIT explains how mucus benefits your health with the video, ”Why Do We Have Snot?”

Wondering about all those microbes in your body? The TED Ed lesson, “You are your microbes.” might provide some answers!